The Hotel Danieli, formerly Palazzo Dandolo, is a 5-star palatial hotel in Venice. It was built at the end of the 14th century by one of the Dandolo families. CNN cites it as one of the top 5 “lavish hotels” in the city. In 2010, extensive footage was shot at the hotel for The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. The hotel’s main building is the Palazzo Dandolo, close to St. Mark’s Square, with a rear facade on the Riva degli Schiavoni’s quayside promenade overlooking the Saint Mark’s Basin. It adjoins a number of buildings that date back to the 14th and 15th century.
My favorite thing about Belmond is travelling from one property to another. Most of other guests I met did so as well; staying few nights in each hotel and moving to another one in a different city. Although under the Belmond group, hotels are quite different, yet offer same top level service, where any request is possible, and where one feel immediately welcomed and at home.
After Villa San Michele we headed to Venice, excited about our first visit to Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Located on the island of Giudecca, with 270 degrees views of the Venetian lagoon, and a 5 min ride by a private boat to St Mark’s Square Cipriani has all the elegance and sophisticated luxury.
Arriving to the hotel by the water is quite spectacular, and took us some 40 minutes from the train station.
Upon arrival, it is like in the Italian movie in the 60′s, the staff greets you like a family member, everyone is helpful and lively, yet discreet and elegant. The hotel is also a very safe place, and you can leave the key in the reception, the classic style.
Cipriani has its private boat cruising between the hotel and St Mark’s Square 24/7. Reaching St Mark’s takes a short ride, some 10 selfies and laughter with a captain later you are in the heart of Venice.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani has the best swimming pool in Venice, with temperature controlled filtered seawater, to unwind after a day of sightseeing or start the morning with a dip in style.
And these gardens, perfect, relaxing, beautiful, with fresh herbs and flowers, and : there are two (quite chubby) rabbits living there, finding them is more difficult than a Pokemon, but to give you a hint they really like feasting on fresh herbs.